DETROIT-Mitchell Plastics Ltd. plans to break ground July 1 on a 54,000-square-foot plant to accommodate an expansion into larger-tonnage injection molding. The plant, Mitchell's second, will be used as a molding facility and raw material warehouse, said Carl Hinschberger, general manager. The Kitchener, Ontario, firm is running out of room at its existing, 75,000-square-foot plant and must lease separate warehouse space, he said.
``We just don't have any more space,'' Hinschberger said.
Mitchell, with 153 employees, expects to complete the plant by August. Hinschberger declined to disclose how much the company is investing.
Hinschberger spoke in Detroit, where Mitchell exhibited at the Automotive & Transportation Interiors Show, held May 16-18.
Mitchell now operates 26 injection presses with clamping forces of 45-720 tons. The company is adding five new Mitsubishi presses with clamping forces of 720-1,800 tons. The move to larger presses is part of a long-term growth plan, Hinschberger said.
The new machines include one 1,800-ton press, two 1,450-ton presses, a 1,000-ton press and a 720-ton press and are to be delivered in 1996. The firm also may purchase a sixth Mitsubishi press in the 1,000-ton range.
Mitchell's customer base primarily is in automotive, electronics and business machine markets. The firm makes interior trim for General Motors, Toyota, Diamond-Star and Nissan.